Keely

A Steampunk Story

Fiction - Science Fiction
122 Pages
Reviewed on 09/06/2015
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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite

This story starts with a girl falling out of the sky. When Thomas Laybourne finds her, he doesn't know what to think. The world is in chaos around him. He has no servants or wife and only other doctors who assist him in his work as a weapons designer. How can he take care of a woman? But she is alone and hurt and even in her fragile state he can tell she is special. So he wraps her in the Union Jack flag and carries her home.

He doesn't have too much time to devote to the new stranger though, because he is too busy creating a weapon to fight against the aliens that inhabit Earth. Technically they are called Otherworlders, although some of the characters refer to their slang term of 'slugs' because of the slimy way the creatures work. When Thomas picks up the mystery girl, he doesn't realize she eventually will be the key to everything.

Keely: A Steampunk Story by D. Alan Lewis reminded me of Stardust by Neil Gaiman. The movie is one of my family's favorites and is about a group of people chasing a fallen star, only to discover that the star is actually a woman. I liked the hope element of this story. How civilization never quit and kept working toward a solution. I think sci fi and steampunk fans will appreciate that aspect of this story.